Author: Daria Defore
Series: Part of LT3's My Dearest Enemy Collection
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Pairing: M/M, Bi
Rating: Three Petals
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Finn has never trusted fairies, so it's no surprise to him when his twin brother turns up dead, probably by magical means. What he doesn't expect is an invitation to the funeral—in the fairy realm—and a chance to find out who killed him.
Investigating Luke's death is probably the stupidest thing Finn has ever done, and soon he's up to his neck in fairy trouble. In the midst of it all is Robin, the fairy who's supposed to be watching out for him—but who just might have had something to do with Luke's death.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When his twin is killed by fairies, Finn wants nothing more than to find the murderer and bring them to justice. When he's invited to the funeral the fairies are holding, Finn goes in the hopes of solving the mystery. Instead, Finn is accidentally embroiled in fairy politics and he quickly starts to realize that the longer he stays with the fairies, the sooner he'll end up dead like his brother.
I enjoyed the world building of this story a lot. The differences between the human town named Sparkwood versus the fairy town also named Sparkwood were very interesting. I particularly liked how the fairies tried to emulate the human side, but everything was just slightly off so Finn kept getting lost. The way the fairies were described with the strange eyes and the way they walk provided a lot of depth to the overall story.
While I did enjoy reading this book, I never felt like I was compelled to continue with it. It was missing a hook to yank me into the story. Part of that was because I couldn't identify with Finn. He's sullen and confused and generally unlikable, which made it difficult for me to follow his story. The relationship with Robin never gelled for me either.
I really liked the world building of the fairies in this story and the depth it provided, however I couldn't connect with any of the characters, which made it difficult to finish. I do recommend it because overall I did enjoy reading this book.
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